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Privat showing

by | Sep 18, 2012 | Voss | 18 comments

The serial number on my Privat is 223959, and the receipt dates it at 1963.

Here is Will Davis’ article on the Voss Privat: page 1, page 2.

Here is my overview of the Patria portable family (ETCetera, March 2010):

Now check out all the amazing paper that came with this machine:





The typing test sentence — “Festgemauert in der Erden steht die Form aus Lehm gebrannt” — is the first two lines of “Das Lied von der Glocke” or “The Song of the Bell” by Friedrich Schiller. One translation runs, “Firmly bricked in the earth stands the mold fired from clay.” Deutschland, Land der Dichter und Denker und Schreibmaschinen!





18 Comments

  1. L Casey

    Man. That Privat came with every bit of ephemera imaginable! The receipt is definitely the neatest part…aside from the machine, of course. It looks absolutely fantastic.

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  2. Aye

    THANK YOU RICHARD!
    I have been waiting for this. I am so in love with my Voss DeLuxe but your collection still gives me Voss-envy!
    And all that printed info. and ephemera that came with it are priceless – l had not been able to find the different Voss typefaces anywhere.
    Thrilled!

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  3. Ping

    Mrs. Fisher had good taste!

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  4. Mark

    That is a top notch machine and a very cool pile of paper. I recently got my first factory test sheet and I think they are very cool. At any given time I can have the first and most recent pages said machine ever typed right next to each other.

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  5. Dwayne F.

    Awesome ephemera! The type samples are very helpful as is the list of Voss models.

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  6. Ryan Adney

    This is a wonderful typewriter with a fantastic typeface. Great find!

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  7. Bill M

    Very nice. That is a nice typeface. Nice to have the factory sheet. Not many of those survived.

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  8. Ton S.

    Cool. It sort of reminds me of a Cole Steel but I'm sure the typing action of the Privat is far superior. And I agree, it's got a nice typeface. Where did you find this, Richard?

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  9. Ted

    oh blast and avast! now I want one, ye scurvy dog! oh, and happy TLAPD!

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  10. Richard P

    Type Like A Poodle Day?

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  11. Richard P

    It was on eBay, located in the US, but I don't recall where.

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  12. michaeliany

    Richard – yup this one is awesome!
    How and where did you get it? id love to hear the story!

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  13. Richard P

    It's a boring story: won it on eBay. I don't recall where it was except that it was in the US, possibly Florida.

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  14. Rob Bowker

    Mrs Fisher must have been a well-heeled girl about town. That's a lovely looking machine. Voss envy unrequited.

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  15. Will Davis

    Excellent article. Well done, Richard!! Lots to learn here.

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  16. Cameron

    My father always told me that one loves PEOPLE, not things, but I can't help myself, I really LOVE that typeface!

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